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Apr 28th, 2011, 01:48 PM
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Train info : Florence, Lucca, Pisa

Hello !

Might anyone be familiar with the Santa Maria Novella train station and if we can walk there from the Duomo area? How many minutes will that walk take?

We 3 have some train questions:
We would like to take a day trip from Florence and visit Lucca and Pisa for the day.
Which city should be visit first? Why?
What is the difference between first and second class? ( We need no food.)

May we purchase all the tickets we will need for the day at the same time in the morning?
Hypothetically: Florence to Lucca; Lucca to PIsa; Pisa to Florence
or... Florence to Pisa; Pisa to Lucca; Lucca to Florence

Would a credit card be accepted for our fares?

We are assuming that the train is the most economical/ practical way to enjoy this day. I hope we are not taking on more than non-Italian speaking tourists should do.

Thank you very, very much!

Sandy
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Apr 28th, 2011, 01:57 PM
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>>>What is the difference between first and second class?( We need no food.)<<<

There isn't a choice of 1st and 2nd on most of the Florence/Lucca/Pisa routes. These are slow r trains. No reserved seats or class distinction, no food. Similar to riding a commuter train/subway. The bus (AC which R trains don't always have) can be more pleasant between Florence/Lucca and takes the same amount of time (Lazzi bus - catch by SMN).

I would visit Lucca in the morning as many things there tend to close down several hours in the afternoon. Most things around the tourist area of Pisa stay open all afternoon.
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Apr 28th, 2011, 02:01 PM
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1. Yes, the Duomo is only five or six blocks from the station.

2. Without check schedules I am guessing you would go through Pisa first to connect to Lucca.

3. First class seating is 2x1 and second class is 2x2. For those short trips second class is more than adequate. You get no food in first class -- not flying on an airplane.

4. Yes, and you can purchase all your tickets the day before. For max flexibility purchase open, 2nd class Regional (Local) tickets and that way you can get on any Regional train at anytime AFTER YOU HAVE VALIDATED THE TICKET IN THE LITTLE YELLOW BOXES.

5. Credit cards are accepted at the ticket window and in most ticket machines. However, the newer ticket machines will only accept European credit cards.

Trains are easy to use. Go to trenitalia.com for the schedules so you can see the frequency of the trains. If you any question the local TI will be most helpful.
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Apr 28th, 2011, 04:29 PM
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>>>I am guessing you would go through Pisa first to connect to Lucca.<<<

No, you don't go through Pisa to get to Lucca (by train or bus). You don't go through Lucca to get to Pisa from Florence by train either, but you can train from Lucca to Pisa (takes about 20 minutes, less than 3€). Cost for Florence/Pisa or Florence/Lucca is less than 6€.
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